Several organisations in the Hampshire area have received awards from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
The awards were given to schools, farms, stores and woodland restoration volunteers who have shown their dedication to preserving rural life in the county.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, presented this year’s awards as volunteers and staff members attended the event.
One of the recipients of the award was Purbrook Park Secondary School.
The school, in Park Avenue, won the Young People category for its community vegetable garden project, which has been a fundamental part of the students learning outside programme.
The aim of the project is to leave a lasting legacy, not just for the school, but for the surrounding community by supplying a source of fresh vegetables for many years to come.
It has also helped students at the school learn more about the countryside, developing skills which will help to shape them as mature citizens.
The awards were sponsored by The Southern Co-operative, who praised all the different organisations which were nominated at the CPRE ceremony.
Director of sustainability and communications at the Southern Co-operative, Gemma Lacey said: ‘Active and genuine involvement in our local communities is a big part of The Southern Co-operative.
‘The standard of entries this year was quite exceptional, which made judging particularly challenging.
‘We have some outstanding winners who I hope will inspire others across Hampshire to make a positive difference to our countryside.’
The CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards were established in 2007 to recognise projects that enhance the environment and quality of life in the county and to celebrate a beautiful, diverse and living countryside.
For a full list of winners visit cprehampshire.org.uk/awards/awards-2015/item/2227-2015-countryside-awards.